ONIE is an “open compute” Open Network Install Environment for bare metal network switches. ONIE enables a bare metal network switch ecosystem where end-users have a choice among different network operating systems.
NVIDIA Onyx is distributed in way that allows installation on an ONIE environment. Certain switch models come pre-installed with ONIE and NVIDIA Onyx and support changing to a different operating system (OS).
To change the switch system’s operating OS:
Reboot the switch and wait for it to reach the GRUB menu:
Select the ONIE option using the arrow keys. The following message appears:
Type YES to continue.
Since NVIDIA Onyx is being uninstalled and deleted from the hard drive, the process takes a few hours. After this is finished, the system reboots into the ONIE shell and auto discovery begins.
In order to manually insert an install URL, press Enter and insert the command “install_url <http> / <tftp> <url> <image name .bin>”. For example:
Once you hit Enter, you have about 4 second to insert the command so it is recommended to prepare the command in advance and simply pasting it in. At this stage, the OS installation begins.
Wait for the installation to end and reboot this switch to boot into the OS.